Farmers now minting thousands from an ‘insignificant’ indigenous tree

For those who know it, there is nothing remarkable about the croton tree, called mukinduri in Mount Kenya region. The tree is a nuisance to many homesteads, thanks to its rapid breeding and copious shedding.

While some villagers think she is insane to walk from one homestead to another everyday collecting croton seeds, Wanjiru is a prized client of Eco Fuels Kenya (EFK), which pays her to supply the seeds to its factory in Nanyuki.

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